Well, That turned quickly.

My four-day weekend is coming to a close and what a whopper it was!  I need a vacation from all this “rest and relaxation.”  Here’s the thing.  When does survival mode stop?  When do I ever get chance to feel like things are working favorably, like it’s all working out?  At the beginning of this…

Anthropology research 101

I want to talk about the Chinese culture, and the daily things I see.  I specifically want to talk about families, and family structure, because this a whole different dynamic that is so very different from what we are used to. Let’s start with dating.  As a culture, they don’t date during school and usually…

The whole truth

I’ve been having a bit of a hard time keeping this up or doing anything, because up until yesterday, it was still 97 degrees/feels like 122!  It just drains me so bad.  Yesterday, for the first time in almost two months, it was nice enough to open the windows.  It was nice enough to let…

Showing up

The first week of my 47th year did not go well.  I spent way too much on an over-hyped hotel, that did not live up to expectations.  My birthday dinner was an incredibly over-priced hamburger in a dark bar.  I got bit by sand fleas, and we couldn’t wait to go home. My nanny decided…

Looking at 47

I am 47. Closer to 50 than 40. A lot of women don’t like to tell their age, but cancer survivors know that birthdays are victory celebrations. We’re lucky to have them. Since I’ve been in China, I have had four. The first one sucked. But the other three have been pretty good. I have…

The second half of our vacation

I want to wrap up the second half of our vacation, because I want to get into what’s going on now. On the third week, first, we went swimming, for an entire day. We haven’t been swimming for so long. In Thailand, we were used to swimming everyday.  In Ohio, we swam almost every warm…

I’m back!

It’s been so long, I don’t know where to start. I have been without a computer for WAY too long which has cut into my writing, blogging and general creativity. But, I came back to America for my first vacation in three and a half years, and my dad made me speechless by presenting me…

Life in a Nutshell

I have not updated in forever –since before Christmas, and I’m sorry about that. I have no real excuse at all. I even had 10 days off for Chinese New Year, and I didn’t write anything then. I don’t think it would be beneficial to go all the way back to Christmas. The girls said…

The missing back story

My friend asked me why I didn’t tell anybody what was really going on last year, why I was so happy to be able to buy warm socks this winter, why I didn’t explain that I was pretty much broke at the time. I am going to spill a bit of a back story that…

Survival Mode

I bought a blow-dryer the other day. I haven’t had one for years. It didn’t even cost five dollars, but it meant something very real to me. It meant I am trying to make myself comfortable. I’m no longer “doing without” because everything feels temporary or unimportant. The very next day, I felt really exhausted…

I am very sorry.

I owe a HUGE apology to my closest friends and my mother. I have been feeling so guilty lately, because I really just haven’t been as connecting or connected as I used to be. My computer at work only works for work. I have no e-mail access and I can’t put my VPN on the…

Cultural Differences and Learning Moments.

I was teaching a business class the other day, and I suggested we were Chipoltle and we want to open a franchise in Shanghai. I showed them the Mission statement, the plan and the menu, and we had a meeting on how we could make this happen. This is how I found out why there…